Chilean comes in second in junior world skeet shooting championship

The young athlete obtained the silver medal in the world competition held in Germany and the minimum score to have a shot at London 2012.

The Chilean skeet shooter Raúl Franco came in second place in the ISSF world championship
The Chilean skeet shooter Raúl Franco came in second place in the ISSF world championship

The Chilean skeet shooter Raúl Franco came in second place in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) world championship, where he scored 122 out of 125 plates in the skeet shoot category, only one shot behind the gold medal obtained by John McGrath with 123 plates.

The Chilean’s excellent performance – only one shot away from reaching the adult final – not only gave him second place, but it also gave him the MQS, or the minimum qualifying score to hope for a spot in the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games.

Francisca Crovetto gave another excellent Chilean performance in the shooting sport, who with 64 out of 75 plates hit the minimum number to fight for a slot at the global competition to be held in the British capital, thus making her the first Chilean woman to obtain an MQS in this discipline.

Thus Raúl Franco joins a golden tradition in Chilean skeet shooting, which includes such brilliant chapters as Alfonso de Iruarrizaga’s Olympic silver medal in skeet shoot in Seoul 1988, the trap shooter Juan Enrique Lira’s victory in the 1965 World Championship held in Santiago, and the gold medal obtained by fellow skeet shooter Jorge Jottar at the 1966 Wiesbaden World Championship.

In October this year Chile will host the final fixture on the Pan-American Cup circuit in the city of Concepción, located in the southern part of the country. In March 2011 the same city will host a World Cup fixture, an event in which athletes will be seeking a spot in London 2012.